Ashleigh Brunsink

Policy Analyst

Ashleigh Martell Brunsink is a Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Brunsink works with state and local child welfare jurisdictions across the country to successfully build their capacity to identify and implement evidence-based improvement strategies designed to improve family outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being. Currently, this includes support of several jurisdictions in Family First Prevention Services Act readiness and in their development and implementation of child welfare practice models. She is passionate about translating research evidence into effective public policy and is particularly interested in research exploring the adult functioning and neuroplasticity of former foster youth and mitigating the effects of maltreatment through the lifespan.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Brunsink was the Health and Human Services Program Specialist at CAI, a private consulting firm, where she supported local and state child welfare agencies in strategic planning, project management, Family First readiness, and research and policy analysis. Brunsink previously served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Office of Children, Youth and Families’ Deputy Secretary’s Office conducting policy special projects, where she led the statewide implementation of Plans of Safe Care for infants born affected by substance use and their families. She began her career as a houseparent in a congregate care facility, and has experience in child welfare policy advocacy, higher education program management, and nonprofit fundraising.

Brunsink holds a Master of Social Work and a certificate in Child Welfare and Well-Being from the University of Pennsylvania and a dual Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Business Management and Bible and Theology from Johnson University.

Master’s Degree in Social Work, Certificate in Child Welfare and Well-Being, University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Business Management, Johnson University

Bachelor of Science in Bible and Theology, Johnson University